100 years ago, 1917
Respectfully but impressively the Auburn and Lewiston Housewives organization speak. They have gone on record, at Thursday’s session, for two important improvements: a better class of drama and moving pictures in these cities, and simpler graduations in all the schools. But they are not disposed to take up hammer and tongs — at least not yet at this stage of the game. They have expressed their opinion with proper deference to interested authorities having delegated committees to investigate and report, await further action later.

50 years ago, 1967
“Our decision to enter the polyester field has proven highly beneficial,” said Arnold L. Ginsburg, president of Bates Manufacturing Co. Inc., in announcing Thursday that consolidated sales of Bates and its newly-acquired subsidiaries rose to $58,083,073 for 1966 from $52,283,812 the previous year. Earnings increased from $1,392,060 to $1,476,314. On a per-share basis, the earnings equaled 98 cents in 1966 compared to 94 cents the previous year.

25 years ago, 1992
Victory was sweet Tuesday for veterans in the Oxford Hills region who learned state officials voted to construct a 90-bed nursing home for military personnel and their spouses on High Street in Paris. The Maine Veterans Home trustees decided the Oxford Hills proposal was the “best” plan submitted, said veterans home Administrator Williams Carney, because accessibility of the property to utilities would reduce the cost of developing the land. The vote by veterans home trustees Tuesday ended weeks of uncertainty and debate over where a western Maine veterans home should be built. Officials from the eight-town Oxford Hills region, Rumford and the Lewiston-Auburn area all had been lobbying hard for the project.

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